This is an archived release.
Less conversion of productive land
Norwegian municipalities allowed to transfer 8 000 decares cultivated land and 6 100 decares cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2006. At the same time, the municipalities permitted land reclamation of 11 600 decares.
In 2006, 8 000 decares of cultivated land was transferred to non-agricultural use. This is one of the lowest registered areas of arable land transferred since 1980, but about 300 decares more than the year before.
In the same period, 6 100 decares of cultivable land was transferred, 4 100 decares less than the year before. The government has declared a national goal for 50 per cent reduction of agricultural land transferred to non-agricultural use by 2010. In the period 1994-2003, there was a yearly transferring of cultivated land to non-agricultural use of 13 360 decares.
The municipalities permitted land reclamation of 11 600 decares in 2006, an increase of 900 decares from the year before.
As from 2005, the reporting system is simplified, and the detailed governmental administrative data system is replaced by a questionnaire through the municipality state reporting system named KOSTRA.
In addition to report land transferred to various types of non-agricultural use, the questionnaire also considers decisions taken about land reclamation, splitting of agricultural property and application for concession to buy a farm.